The Dota 2 Short Film Contest returns for 2016. Effective immediately, filmmakers can submit short film content to the Dota 2 Steam Workshop for a chance to be featured in The International 2016 Battle Pass. Battle pass owners will then vote for the best submission and the winningi films will be announced and shown during the TI6 broadcast. All nominees receive $500, top three prizes awarded at $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000. Creators have until July 26th to submit their work.
Valve has announced the return of the Dota 2 Short Film Contest for 2016.
From now until the morning of July 26th, 2016, filmmakers are invited to submit their short film creations to the Dota 2 Steam Workshop. Upon review of the Workshop ratings and discussions, Valve will nominate ten entries to be featured in The International 2016 Battle Pass for a final voting process by the community to determine the winners. The winning films will then be announced and showcased as part of The International 2016 broadcast, and while each nominee is guaranteed to win $500, the top three will take home prizes of $25,000, $10,000, and $5,000 for their efforts.
Last year’s Dota 2 Short Film Contest was a big success. Five films won last year, each being awarded $20,000 and were featured on the TI5 broadcast.
Dota 2 Short Film Contest guidelines
The guidelines for the film contest include:
- Entries must be no longer than 1 minute
- Entries must pertain to Dota 2
- Entries can use any form or combination of animation or live-action technique in their creation. Using Source Filmmaker is not a requirement
- Each entry must be at least 1080p
- The deadline for submission will be 04:00:00 PDT on the morning of July 26th, 2016. The submission process must be completed, including uploading the video and filling out submission dialogs, before the submission period ends
- Submissions will be reviewed by the Steam community on the Steam Workshop. The top ten entries will be selected by Valve in its sole discretion to be featured in The International 2016 Battle Pass for a final vote by the Battle Pass community, and the winners will be announced at The International 2016
- The video must be a new creation made specifically for the Dota 2 Filmmaker Contest
- You are free to use any Valve IP
- If you use any non-Valve IP, you must be the copyright owner or have explicit permission from the owner. You will be required to warrant to Valve that you have all necessary rights and permissions in order for the entry to be considered. Any submissions found to be infringing non-Valve IP will be disqualified. Note that for workshop items, you still need to provide a link to the items used, but you do not need explicit permission from the creator, since submission to the workshop automatically grants permission to use the item
- Multiple submissions per person are allowed
- Submissions must be free of advertisements
Dota 2 Short Film Contest prizes
Each of the top ten submissions will be featured in The International 2016 Battle Pass. Owners for the Battle pass will then be able to vote on the submissions. The winning entries will be announced and showcased at TI6 on the screens and stage.
- 1st place: $25,000
- 2nd place: $10,000
- 3rd place: $5,000
- Nominees: $500 each (seven total)
Dota 2 Short Film Contest submission process
- Begin at the Short Film Contest Agreement page HERE
- Log in and accept the agreement
- Once accepted the agreement proceed to the Videos page in your Steam Profile or HERE
- YouTube account must be linked to Steam Profile (click the ‘Link YouTube Account’ button in the upper right)
- Click the ‘Add Videos from YouTube’ button on your Videos page
- Select the Video from the list of your YouTube videos and select ‘Associate the video(s) with a game’
- Choose ‘Dota 2 – Short Film Contest’
- Click the ‘Add Video’ button
Dota 2 Short Film Contest 2015 winners
The Calling (SFM)
Low priority story
Hidden Talent(tower destroyers)